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Posted 06 December 2007 - 07:28 PM
Has anyone else seen this? It's not a big deal unless G is trying to learn how to post a form from the values in the select lists.
Posted 07 December 2007 - 07:06 AM
I've never seen this happen via a form submission though. So my hunch is there is a link or two out there somewhere pointing to the page with variables in the URL instead of a form that sends the variable information transparently. This may be on your site, or it could be link from other site. Which makes it hard to identify.
A question: Does your form processing page accept GET or only POST variables?
The reason I ask is that you can fix it (easily) if the page will only accept POST method requests from your form pages. Meaning you can code it so that if it receives a GET request or a request that doesn't have a certain variable or combination of variables that should always be there you can simply have the page send back a proper 404 header response. That'll make sure no spider ever lists a page they shouldn't.
Posted 07 December 2007 - 10:48 AM
Gbot's submissions are GET, but there's no way and no how they would know the query string to use. Gbot is definitely incrementing the values in the query string because I've never listed (with a real search) some of the values their hitting. Looking at the log files it's like they'll basically start in a FOR loop and increment each value. Like var1=10&var2=1, var1=10&var2=2 and on and then incrementing var1=11 when it hits 99, generates an error, or no results for var2. Very interesting. And, honestly, there are no links on the site that point to these product specific search result pages because that would be thousands of links and for this site I don't use a sitemap page with those special search results either. Interesting to say the least. Just wanted to see if anyone else has noticed this behavior.
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